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Shimr bin Ziljoshan or Shimr (Arabic: شمر ابن ذی الجوشن) was a son of Ziljoshan from the tribe of Banu Kelaab, one of Arabia's tribes.[1] Umm ul-Banin, the mother of Abbas ibn Ali, was also from the Banu Kelaab tribe. Shimr has a villainous reputation in Shia Islam. He is known as the man who killed Islamic prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein ibn Ali at the Battle of Karbala.[2][3][4] Shia traditions relate that Shimr was eventually killed by Mukhtar al-Thaqafi's troops who wished to take revenge upon Husayn and his family's killers.[5] His body was then torn to pieces by wild dogs.[6]

Shimr is depicted in the passion plays during the Shia mourning remembrance of Ashura.[7]

Political depictions[edit]

In January 2013, a huge poster was erected in Tehran, the capital city of Iran depicting Shemr standing next to U.S. President Barack Obama.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Al-Husayn on ‘Ashura". Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Daniel Politi (20 January 2013). "Why is President Obama Depicted on a Huge Billboard in Tehran?". Slate magazine. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Iran's Obama billboard: what it really means". The Guardian. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "تسليط الأضواء على هوية الجيش الذي قاتل الحسين؟". Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "الكتب - البداية والنهاية - ثم دخلت سنة ست وستين - ذكر مقتل شمر بن ذي الجوشن ، أمير السرية التي قتلت حسينا- الجزء رقم12". Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Malekpour, Jamshid (2 Aug 2004). The Islamic Drama. Routledge. p. 38. ISBN 978-0714684468. 
  7. ^ Template:Ciook

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